LAST CALL: TX death row name has served its time

Charles Terrell wants off death row. More precisely, the Dallas

insurance exec and longtime criminal justice advocate wants his named

removed from Texas' death row prison, the Charles T. Terrell Unit in


The state's bulging population of condemned prisoners "causes Texas a

lot of embarrassment all over the world," said the former Texas Board of

Criminal Justice chairman. The board often names prisons for past

leaders, and Terrell's was a run-of-the-mill jail when christened for

him in 1993.

The state later moved death row to Livingston after an escape attempt at

the older Huntsville facility.

Terrell has mixed feelings about the death penalty, especially the way

Texas administers it - he says he's still concerned about racial

disparity and execution of the mentally impaired. Besides which, his mom

doesn't like seeing the family name each time a convict gets the


San Antonio attorney Allan Polunsky doesn't seem to mind. The prison

board was expected to rename the Livingston prison for him (another

former chairman) at a meeting late last week.

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